Queen's Own
The Official Mercedes Lackey Fan Club

P.O. Box 749
Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA

Series 3, Vol. 5, No. 2
February 1, 2004

Moonlight Walk by Devin Harris

Heyla, Misty fans!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope the new year has started out well for all of you. We apologize for this newsletter being late (yet again), but Moonstar and Danya both managed to come down with sinus infections at the same time (yet again). Hopefully our doctors will get their collective acts under control and keep us healthy for next month .

QO Member Published: Adept Starfeather’s short story, "Freeing Angel", in the anthology Darker than Tin, Brighter than Sin, which is now available for purchase at:


The cover price is $8.25 (CA residents to pay sales tax). 100% of all profits will go directly to the OWW-Sf/F/H Scholarship Fund.

Writing Circle: If you would like to contribute a chapter of your own writing to the world of Luna (the one where Misty set The Fairy Godmother), you may do so at:


The instructions from Luna read: "On this page, you will find the outline for the LUNA world, the characters, its origins, the tone of how the story of LUNA should unfold. Writers can submit 1,000 words or less in English via the page or to luna@electricartists.com, and we'll all choose the best submissions to be featured & get a LUNA prize.

"This contest is open to all authors — published and nonpublished, Harlequin and non-Harlequin.

"Winners will receive a copy of the next Luna book, The Charmed Sphere by Catherine Asaro."

Publication News: This Scepter'd Isle is scheduled for release this month. This is a SERRAted Edge prequel, written with Roberta Gellis. According to Misty, it "takes place in the England of Henry VIII, where the reader will find out about the feud between Keighvin Silverhair and Vidal Dhu and how it began."

Alta (the sequel to Joust) is due out from DAW in March.

In June we can expect to see Wizard Of Karres, coauthored with Flint and Freer, from Baen June.

Phoenyx and Ashes (from the Elemental Mage series) is slated for an October 2004 release, as is Sanctuary (the latter of which is the sequel to Joust and Alta).

Stoned Souls, with Josepha Sherman, is another SERRAted Edge book. This one appears to be on track for 2005. Misty writes that "Conal and Dottie from Fairgrove take a break in Florida while Conal sorts out his troubles stemming from the loss of his twin. Unfortunately, trouble wants to follow . . . "

Shadow Mountain is the first book of the new Fantasy Trilogy with James Mallory. This has all the High Fantasy trimmings and should appeal to the Robert Jordan audience.

Other items in the works include Elvenbred, A Circus Of Witches, Queen of Air & Darkness, To Light A Candle (with James Mallory; the sequel to Shadow Mountain), Ill Met By Moonlight (with Roberta Gellis; the sequel to This Scepter'd Isle), Much Fall Of Blood (with Flint and Freer; sequel to This Rough Magic), and Music To My Sorrow (with Rosemary Edgehill; the sequel to Mad Maudlin).

Music: We’ve been receiving a lot of requests lately about where you can obtain filk based on Misty’s works. Here’s the link to the Firebird Arts and Music site where you can find all of the disks that we know are available: http://firebirdarts.com/music/3music33.shtml.

Have a great February, and we’ll see you in March!


Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn and Healer Adept Moonstar

Fire Goddess with Phoenix by Devin Harris

Ren Faires:

Here are the Faires we know about for February. Faires are indexed alphabetically by state. Have any information about any other Renaissance Faires in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com.


ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. Fax: 520-463-2026. E-mail: arizonarenfest@royalfaires.com. Website: http://www.renfestinfo.com. Address: 12601 East Highway 60, Apache Junction, AZ, 85219. Dates: 2/07/04 - 3/28/04. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.


FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL SOUTH. FAX: 954-771-7045 E-mail: info@ren-fest.com. Website: http://www.ren-fest.com. Address: 801 NW 57th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33309-2826. Site Address: Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach, FL. Dates: 1/31/04 - 2/01/04. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

HOGGETOWNE MEDIEVAL FAIRE. FAX: 352-334-2146. E-mail: piperlr@ci.gainesville.fl.us. Website: http://www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. Address: Dept. of Cultural Affairs, P.O. Box 490, Station 30, Gainesville, FL, 32602-0490. Site Address: Thomas Center A, 302 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601-5476. Dates: 2/01/03 - 2/09/03. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

LADY OF THE LAKES RENAISSANCE FAIRE. FAX: 352-365-3528. E-mail: pals@lscc.cc.fl.us. Website: http://www.medievealfest.com. Address: PALS, 9501 US Highway 441, Leesburg, FL, 34788. Site Address: Hickory Point, 27341 State Route 19, Tavares, FL 32278. Dates: 2/14/03 - 2/16/03. Open/Close: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

For additional Ren Faire information, visit the Renaissance Faire Homepage at http://www.renfaire.com and the Renaissance Magazine site at http://www.renaissancemagazine.com.


These are the upcoming cons we know about. Have any information about conventions in your area? Send it to us at Legend@malcor.com.


ANCIENTS & MEDIEVAL CONFERENCE. Website: http://www.nasamw.org/tournaments02.htm. E-mail: Parmenio@msn.com. Address: San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon, California. Dates: 1/31/04 - 2/1/04.

APE 2004. Website: http://www.comic-con.org/. E-mail: CCIWEB@NUCGEN.COM. Address: The Concourse, San Francisco, California. Dates: 2/21/04 - 2/22/04.

CONDOR XI. Website: http://www.condorcon.org. E-mail: info@condorcon.org. Address: Del Mar Hilton (next to the Racetrack & Fairgrounds), San Diego, California. Dates: 2/27/04 - 2/29/04.

DUNDRACON XXVIII. Website: http://www.dundracon.com. E-mail: Netrep@Dundracon.com. Address: San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon, California. Dates: 2/13/04 - 2/16/04.

GALLIFREY ONE. Website: http://www.gallifreyone.com/. E-mail: Gallyone@aol.com. Address: Airtel Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles (Van Nuys), California. Dates: 2/13/04 - 2/16/04.

ORCCON 2004. Website: http://www.strategicon.net. E-mail: ravengeist@aol.com. Address: Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel, Los Angeles, California. Dates: 2/13/04 - 2/16/04.

XENA. Website: http://www.creationent.com/. E-mail: tickets@creationent.com. Address: Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center, Burbank, California. Dates: 1/30/04 - 2/1/04.


GENGHIS CON XXV. Website: http://www.denvergamers.com/genghis/generalinfo.asp. E-mail: dgagames@aol.com. Address: Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, Colorado. Dates: 2/12/04 - 2/15/04.


BCON. Website: http://geocities.com/medievalcollege/. E-mail: giffad@sirjoeli.freeservers.com. Address: Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Dates: 2/04.

CAPRICON 24. Website: http://www.capricon.org. E-mail: info@capricon.org. Address: Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Chicago, Illinois. Dates: 1/29/04 - 2/1/04.

WINTER WAR 31. Website: http://winterwar.prairienet.org. E-mail: winterwar@prairienet.org. Address: Chancellor Hotel, Champaign, Illinois. Dates: 2/6/04 - 2/8/04.


CONCAVE 25. Website: http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/links.htm. E-mail: ccaveman@preferred.com. Address: Horse Cave, Kentucky. Dates: 2/27/04 - 2/29/04.


FARPOINT 2004. Website: http://www.farpointcon.com. E-mail: trekcontact@comcast.net. Address: Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 2/13/04 - 2/15/04.

TALES OF PENDRAGON. Website: http://www.talesofpendragon.org/. E-mail: info@talesofpendragon.org. Address: Days Hotel, Timonium, Maryland. Dates: 2/27/04 - 2/29/04.

WAM 2004. Website: http://www.wamconvention.com. E-mail: feedback@wamconvention.com. Address: Hunt Valley Marriott, Baltimore, Maryland. Dates: 2/5/04 - 2/8/04.


BOSKONE 41. Website: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/. E-mail: boskone@nesfa.org. Address: Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts. Dates: 2/13/04 - 2/15/04.

TOTAL CONFUSION. Website: http://www.totalcon.com/. E-mail: mdowdy@iris.com. Address: Holiday Inn, Mansfield, Massachusetts. Dates: 2/19/04 - 2/22/04.

VERICON. Website: http://www.vericon.org. E-mail: conchair@vericon.org. Address: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dates: 1/30/04 - 2/1/04.


MI CON. Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/michigancon/. E-mail: michigancon@yahoogroups.com. Address: Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, 48858. Dates: 2/7/04.


CON OF THE NORTH. Website: http://www.conofthenorth.org/. E-mail: info@conofthenorth.org. Address: St. Paul Red Lion Hotel, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dates: 2/6/04 - 2/8/04.


CONFLATION 2004. Website:


PANDEMONIUM 21. Website: http://www.realmsquest.org. E-mail: pandemoniumcon@rogers.com. Address: Inn on the Park , 1100 Egington Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario. Dates: 2/20/04 - 2/22/04.

TORONTO COMICON (HOBBYSTAR). Website: http://www.canadiannationalexpo.com. E-mail: info@hobbystar.com. Address: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Dates: 2/29/04.

TOY, MODEL AND COLLECTABLES SHOW. Website: http://users.uniserve.com/~lswong/Comicon.html. E-mail: lswong@uniserve.com. Address: Heritage Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia. Dates: 2/8/04.


HANSETREK II. Website: http://www.hansetrek.de. E-mail: Christian.Schmidt@hansetrek.de. Address: Ramada Hotel Bergedorf, Hamburg. Dates: 2/27/04 - 2/29/04.


WARPCON. Website: http://www.warpcon.com. E-mail: warpcon@gameeire.com. Address: University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Dates: 1/30/04 - 2/1/04.

New Zealand

WAIKATO DIPLOMACY OPEN. Website: http://daanz.org.au/dip-tournaments.htm. E-mail: cpurcell@lic.co.nz. Address: LIC Social Club Rooms, Hamilton, New Zealand. Dates: 2/21/04 - 2/22/04.

United Kingdom

FANTASY SCI-FI PARTIZAN 2004. Website: http://www.innotts.co.uk/irregulars/. E-mail: laurence@innotts.co.uk. Address: Kelham Hall, Newark, Notts. Dates: 2/8/04.

PICOCON 21. Website: http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/scc/icsf/social/events/picocon.html. E-mail: picocon@icsf.co.uk. Address: Imperial College Union Building, South Kensington, London. Dates: 2/7/04.

SCI-FI-LONDON. Website: http://www.sci-fi-london.com/. E-mail: scifi@catalyticcommunication.com. Address: Curzon Soho/Metro Cinema/The ICA, London. Dates: 1/29/04 - 2/1/04.

STARFLEET BALL X. Website: http://www.starfleet-ball.com/. E-mail: info@starfleet-ball.com. Address: The Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth, UK. Dates: 2/13/04 - 2/15/04.

For additional Convention information, visit Convention Outpost by Jenga at http://www.geocities.com/jengacons/.

Hatchling by Devin Harris

Member News:

For definitions of our fannish jargon, read the 12-page booklet "Pros & Cons: An Introduction to Fandom" written by Elizabeth Barrette. Send $1.00 and a $0.37 stamp (or $1.00 and 2 IRCs) to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA, 92652. Make checks payable to "Linda Malcor" in US funds only.

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Collegium News:

We have individual handouts for aspiring Heralds, Healers, Bards, Blues, Mercenaries, Tayledras, Shin'a'in, and White Winds Sorcerers/Sorceresses and instructions on how to work for Herald-Mage status if you are already a Herald or for a Kal'enedral if you are already a Shin'a'in. You can find these handouts online at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qohandouts.htm.

You need a release form (online at http://www.dragonlordsnet.com/qomlrel2.htm) if you write a story set in Misty's worlds or using any of her characters. You do not need a release for a character sketch, poem or filk. All Misty wants to do is protect her characters and her worlds. Send the release form (you do NOT need to include the story) to Misty c/o High Flight Arts and Letters, P.O. Box 2970, Claremore, OK 74017. Do NOT include the original of the release form with your persona material; send it to Misty. Send a copy to us.

All personae materials should be sent to the QO address or submitted by e-mail to Legend@malcor.com and healermoon@gmail.com.

If you are a returning member who has recently activated your membership in Queen’s Own and we have forgotten to list you, message Danya at Legend@malcor.com, and she’ll make sure you are greeted in the next newsletter.

Lost . . .

One of the challenges running an online club is that people don’t always leave a forwarding address when they move . We are missing current e-mail addresses for the following members:

If you know any of these folks, please have them contact Danya at Legend@malcor.com with a current e-mail address.

Greet the Dawn by Devin Harris

From Herald-Mage Adept Danya Winterborn:

Heyla, folks!

I seem to have hit the ground running in 2004. My career is seriously in overdrive. In addition to consulting on the upcoming King Arthur movie, which is scheduled for release in July 2004, I’ve been approached by National Geographic and the History Channel for information about my work on L. Artorius Castus. For those of you who live in California, it looks as if I will be giving a paper on some aspect of the Sword in the Stone Legend at Cal State Northridge in early April. At the end of April I may be at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/) to give a talk on some aspect of my research about Castus. Then I hope to pop down to Campania (in Italy) for a couple of days of fieldwork (I’ve been narrowing down the possibilities for the site of the villa where I think Castus grew up, and I’m hoping that onsite research will yield a firmer answer than the hypotheses I’ve been working with to date.). It also looks as if I may be giving a paper up in the Bay Area at the AAA (American Anthropological Association) conference the weekend before Thanksgiving. I have two nonfiction books and four novels in the works, plus several short story ideas that I’d really like to get down on paper. Since I’m still spending most of my days (and nights) chasing three littles, I suspect that I’m not going to get as much actually published as I’d like this year, but at least my work is getting some very welcome publicity.

One of the highlights for my year so far was my visit to the Magic Castle (http://www.magiccastle.com/f/). If you can get an invitation to this spectacular private club for magicians, it’s well worth the visit. After taking advantage of the valet parking, we entered the Victorian mansion and found ourselves is something that was a cross between a gentlemen’s club such as you read about in British novels and a museum honoring the greatest magicians who have ever performed. Much of the elegant woodwork was designed by a man who built props for stage magicians, so it’s no surprise that from the foyer you enter the rest of the building by asking an owl (who is flanked by copies of books from the Harry Potter series) to "Open Sesame."

Inside is a maze of halls that lead to a series of bars, dining rooms, museum displays and theaters. The walls are covered with memorabilia, special effect devices (such as holographic images), pictures with moving eyes and loads of other fun stuff. My son really enjoyed the old fashioned, wooden phone booth that looks normal until you step inside and shut the door; at that point the mirror at the back is lit from behind and you see a skeleton talking on a telephone.

We watched a display of prestidigitation by a British magician. A woman (yes, a woman! That’s almost unheard of in the world of professional magicians) from Yorkshire demonstrated several card tricks and other bits of close-up magic for us. The stage show opened with an act by a German magician who recently won the Sigfried and Roy award for best newcomer, after which we were treated to a display of stage magic performed by none other than the president of the Academy of Magical Arts, Dale R. Hindman. (I wish I could remember the names of the other fabulous performers we saw, but, alas, I’m absolutely dreadful with names, and the schedule for the day we attended has already been taken down from the website.)

The scariest thing I saw was a card table; just the thought of a bunch of close-up magicians sitting down to a game of poker with an untold number of Aces up their collective sleeves . . . well, you get the idea. As a Misty fan, the thing that really caught my eye was the banister that leads from a bar on the first floor to a landing that led to another bar and to the dining rooms. The base was a gryphon, and the wings formed the rail. If I ever get the chance to design my own home, I definitely want something like that in it! My son picked up a wand and a deck of Magic Castle cards at the gift shop on the way out. I found a nightlight with a fabulous stained-glass wizard that came home with me as well. I intended to put it in my master bath, but somehow it wound up in my kitchen; it’s positively gorgeous <g>! (If you want one, you can order online through their gift store: http://www.creationent.com/. I’ll be attending as a fan, not a guest, but I do plan to wear my QO button! Let me know if you plan to attend.




Queen's Own is the official Mercedes Lackey Appreciation Society. Our purpose is to share our enjoyment of Misty's worlds. We are a fan-run not-for-profit organization, not a business. Our address of publication: P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 USA. This newsletter is published solely to inform and entertain the club's membership; no infringement of anyone's copyrights is intended.

Newsletters are published on (or near) the first of each month.

Co-Editor/Co-President Herald-Mage Master Danya Winterborn (L.A. Malcor; AOL-IM SN Shashtah; Legend@malcor.com)

Co-Editor/Co-President Healer Adept Moonstar (Kendra Renaud; AOL-IM SN healermoon; healermoon@gmail.com)

The featured artist for this newsletter is Devin Harris All drawings in this newsletter are © to the credited artist. All rights reserved. If you would like your art to be featured in the online version of the QO newsletter, send .gifs or .jpgs to Legend@malcor.com or hardcopy to Queen's Own, P.O. Box 749, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

Mercedes Lackey does not receive mail at the Queen's Own address. Fanmail to Mercedes Lackey and releases for fan fiction should be sent to:

Mercedes Lackey
c/o High Flight Arts and Letters
P.O. Box 2970
Claremore, OK 74017


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